Civil Rights / Liberties
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2015
Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP-Providence Branch, connected the racism of the alleged shooter with the rash of church burnings throughout the south and with the racist leaflets recently dropped in East Greenwich.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Carol Thomas-Davis, Charleston, Gabe Amo, gene Dyszlewski, Grace Episcopal Church, Gwendolyn Howard, jim vincent, Jonathan Huyck, jorge elorza, NAACP, One Voice, Reginald E Mitchell, Shavon Starling-Louis, Wayne Franklin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2015
“Can you imagine if we could go in time and bring Roger Williams here today?” asked Rodney Davis to laughs, “but when you boil it down and get to its purest sense, Freedom, Liberty and Justice was the reason why he came here…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, History, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged C. Kelly Smith, Edie Ajello, elizabeth roberts, frank ferri, Jenn Steinfeld, jorge elorza, Kate Monteiro, M Charles Bakst, Marriage Equality, Marti Rosenberg, Rodney Davis, Roger Williams, SCOTUS, seth magaziner, tony caparco | Leave a response
By Gene Dyszlewski on June 26, 2015
As leaders of faith communities that uphold same-sex marriage, we are delighted that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of inclusion of all American Couples. Now, all couples will enjoy the same rights and benefits.
By Elisha Aldrich on June 25, 2015
Legislation to help mend the bonds between the police and community after a year of national duress will cross Governor Gina Raimondo’s desk to be signed into law. The bill, known as the Comprehensive Community-Police Relationship act, requires that all police departments collect data on a subject’s race during traffic stops. The information will then […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, Elisha Aldrich, Harold Metts, Joseph Almeida, law enforcement, police, race, Racial Profiling | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2015
Comité en Acción is leading the charge on getting driver’s licenses for undocumented workers in Rhode Island. Senate bill 391, which “would allow the department of motor vehicles to issue driving privilege licenses and driving privilege permits to applicants unable to establish lawful presence in the United States” has been held for further study, which is General Assembly language for “going nowhere.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Immigration, Photos, Race & Racism, State House | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Comité en Acción, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Immigration, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, RI Jobs with Justice, teresa paiva weed, Todos Somos Arizona, undocumented workers | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
“We are queering living wages, access to health care and transgender justice. Queering total immigration reform and ending incarceration. We are queering feminism, queering the way we talk about race, queering HIV activism, queering heteronormative ideas of marriage and couplehood, queerly engaging in radical protest, getting old queerly. We need to create a movement that says not only, ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it’ but one that says ‘Join us, dream with us, dare with us, go for broke, and change the world.'”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Anthony Maselli, Josh Kilby, lgbtq, R Lewis, reproductive justice, RI Pride, transgender, women’s rights | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
Lest we forget: People are beautiful
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2015
The event was described by organizers as a “vigil for the lives that are too often forgotten or pushed aside. The names who do not get chants, the faces who do not get to be transformed into posters, the people who are not chosen for Million Marches.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Andrea Sterling, black lives matter, black women, Dania Sanchez, Helen McDonald, Monay McNeil, police violence, PrYSM, Rachel Simon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 19, 2015
“We want someone not to get fired without just cause, without a hearing, without a meeting with a steward, without a meeting with a business agent. We have a problem with managers intimidating [and] harassing our members on the shop floor for standing up for their rights.”
By Elisha Aldrich on June 18, 2015
The House floor saw heated debate Wednesday as representatives discussed the implications of bill H6051, which would allow electronic voter registration. The action would make Rhode Island the 28th state to do so, following a trend that has saved other states money and time, as well as helped to clear voter rolls during elections. Supporters […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Elections, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Technology | Tagged aaron regunberg, Common Cause RI, Elections, Elisha Aldrich, john marion, Joseph Trillo, Nellie Gorbea, online voter registration, online voting, Stephen Ucci, voter registration, Voting | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
What does the new language mean? At bottom, any non-religious employer, as defined by the IRS, that elects to not include abortion coverage in their employee health plan, must allow employees to opt out of the company plan, and select any other plan, paying any additional costs out of pocket.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, healthsource ri, hobby lobby, John DeSimone, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, Raymond Gallison, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA | 3 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 15, 2015
The right to vote is a key proponent in what makes the American government work. But, for many Americans, there are barriers to the expression of that right. U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), has just introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act (H.R. 2694), a bill that would help to break down many of those barriers, […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Elections, Featured, Politics, Video | Tagged Congressman Jim Langevin, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, engagement, Jane Koster, legislation, Nellie Gorbea, oregon, participation, registration, Steve Ahlquist, Think Progress, US House of Representatives, video, voter, Voting | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed were met by unusual lobbyists in the hallways of the State House before going into session on Tuesday. Five children, Shyenne, 14, Seneca, 11, Shawnee, 9 Saponi, 8 and Dominique, 10, all victims of or witnesses to domestic violence, asked the General Assembly leaders to pass legislation that would create the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, helping to “put an end to domestic violence before it starts.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Deborah DeBare, domestic violence, Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships | Leave a response
By Anthony Maselli on June 7, 2015
“There’s a transgender girl out there living in darkness and depression, who will commit suicide before she can graduate high school, because her parents and her church will tell her that that which she has no control over is an abomination, and her classmates and teachers will convince her that she is a freak and a mistake.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged lgbtq, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Kate Conroy & Moira Walsh on June 7, 2015
11. Accepted Crumpled up money thrown over the bar onto the floor as a tip.
12.Customer says he’s a “producer”. Asks me to turn around and see my “rear” in not so polite terms before he orders. I neither do nor say anything.
13. Manager brags about running a “brothel / escort service” in college. I do nothing.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged minimum wage, Poverty, tipped minimum wage, work | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2015
Mayor Jorge Elorza helped to unfurl the rainbow Pride flag on the steps of the Providence City Hall as a crowd of about 75 members and supporters of the Providence area LGBTQ community applauded.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, Amber Guzman, Anthony Maselli, jorge elorza, Kurt Bagley, lgbtq, Marissa O'Gara, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Hillary Davis on June 5, 2015
Students with disabilities across Rhode Island are suspended from school at rates more than twice as high, on average, as their representation in the student body, an ACLU of Rhode Island report has found. These disproportionate suspension rates, like those that impact racial minorities, begin in the earliest grades, and are often for low-risk behavioral issues that […]
By Steven Brown on June 4, 2015
The ACLU of Rhode Island and a coalition of 11 other organizations representing youth, parents, the disability community, and civil rights activists Tuesday filed a formal petition with the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education to initiate a public rule-making process to bar school districts from using high-stakes testing as a graduation requirement or grading tool before 2020. After […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2015
The arguments against the death penalty are clear and compelling, and I am not going to restate them here. Instead, I am going to attempt to show that the death penalty phase process, that is, the way in which we determine whether or not someone like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is to be put to death, weaponizes […]